Monday, December 9, 2013

Winter health with Chia Fresca Drink

Welcome to winter and the dryness that comes with cold weather.  If you want to have extra energy this season plus happy skin and bright eyes make sure to stay very hydrated.

A few years ago I came across this recipe for super hydration in the book called Born to Run.  The ancient running people called the Tarahumara Indians used this drink as a sports and hydration drink for their long runs- think 100 miles wearing sandals!!  Before food went into the laboratories it was used in its natural form.  Using quality food as your medicine makes smart sense.

    Recipe for Chia Fresca

    10 oz of fresh/filtered water
    1 tbl spoon dry chia seeds and yes just like the chia pet commercial chia seeds
    Fresh squeezed lime or lemon- to taste
    Raw honey to taste

Mix into a glass or container.  For the first few minutes shake or stir the chia seeds until they become suspended.  If you don't stir you will have clumps.  The chia seeds hold hydration are super hydrating for us.  I usually make up a big batch and keep it in our refrigerator for up to 4 days.

This is an excellent first thing in the morning to get you going drink.

The original recipe used wild limes and agave nectar.  I don't have access to wild limes so I use organic limes or lemons.  You could use either I prefer lime.  As for my sweetener,  you can use agave, raw honey, maple syrup or coconut sugar.

   Raw products are not recommended during pregnancy.
   Raw honey is not recommended for children under 1 year old.

Chia seeds can be found just about anywhere
     Health food stores, Fred Meyer, Super supplements and Winco just to name a few.

If you want a fascinating read and a good Christmas present idea check out the book
      Born to Run by Christopher McDougall- one of my favorite books of all time.